Flamenco Eggs with Tomato & Serrano Ham
This what you might call Spain on a plate, a sum-up dish of everything we love about Spanish cooking: serrano ham, chorizo, pimentón, tomatoes, garlic and onion. To these basic ingredients I have added green beans and peas; you could also add sliced, cooked new potatoes or chickpeas or the big butter beans called judión. Actually I first tried this in Cadiz and wasn’t particularly knocked out by it, but I love eggs with tomato sauce, so I did a bit of research and came up with my own version.
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 80g serrano ham, chopped
- 1 tsp hot smoked paprika (pimentón picante)
- 8 large tomatoes (about 750g), skinned and chopped, or 2 x 400g tins of peeled plum tomatoes
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- 75g peas, fresh or frozen
- 100g fine green beans
- 4 eggs
- 12 slices chorizo sausage
- 1 red pepper, roasted and skinned, cut into 8 strips (or use peppers from a jar)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Small handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped, to serve
- For the griddled bread:
- 4-8 thick slices bread
- 1 clove garlic, halved
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Heat the oil in a large frying pan or shallow casserole about 28cm in diameter over medium-low heat. Cook the onion and garlic until soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the ham and the pimentón picante, fry for 3 minutes, then add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste. Cover the pan and cook until the tomatoes are reduced and pulpy, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Cook fresh peas for 3 minutes, then drain and refresh under cold water; frozen peas do not require precooking. Cook the green beans for 4 minutes, then drain and refresh under cold water.
Heat the oven to 200°C/gas 6, unless you choose to finish cooking on the hob.
Scatter the peas and beans over the tomato sauce in the pan. Break the eggs into the sauce. Arrange the chorizo slices around the eggs, and the red pepper strips over and around the eggs. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake until the egg whites are set and the yolks still soft, about 10 to 15 minutes, checking after 10. Alternatively, cook on the hob over a medium heat with a lid on the pan for 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, rub the bread with the garlic, brush with the olive oil and griddle it on a ridged pan or in a frying pan. Scatter the chopped parsley over the dish and serve with griddled bread.